[NetBehaviour] Amble TIme.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun Jan 7 17:28:40 CET 2007

Amble TIme.

Amble Time, the creation of Irish researchers associated with the 
now-closed Media Lab Europe, is "a digital map that provides 
visualisations of time constraints to help support decisions about where 
to go in navigating a city on foot." Using GPS (global positioning 
system) technology, the project differs from similar navigation tools in 
that its interface describes not only the shortest route between 
geographical locations but instead offers a visual array of journeys 
that might be taken during a given time period.

In one experiment, the researchers chose evocative passages from James 
Joyce's famous Dublin novel Ulysses to help guide Amble Time users 
through this Irish city. Rather than navigating directly from a place of 
departure to a destination, users were invited to amble through parts of 
the city for an hour, choosing locations referenced in Joyce's text. 
Upon arrival at a common destination, users were invited to reflect upon 
their journeys using another piece of interactive software called 
("Polymorphic Letters") linking their commentaries to the locations they 
had visited, creating what the research.


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